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Urge Michael Gove to end CO2 pig slaughter

The UK is in the grip of a CO2 shortage. For many, this means a potential shortage of fizzy drinks, but the real story is the spotlight thrown on the treatment of pigs at slaughter. Will you take a moment to email Michael Gove, the Secretary of State responsible for this issue, and ask him to protect pig welfare?

Half of pigs sent for slaughter in the UK are killed using CO2. Despite numerous reports, dating back over three decades, highlighting that CO2 is an inhumane method for stunning and slaughtering pigs, the pig industry has dragged its heels over implementing more humane slaughter methods. And Michael Gove’s department, Defra, has a leisurely target of 2020 for reviewing more humane alternatives.

This method involves lowering pigs into a CO2 chamber, where they panic, fight for breath and eventually suffocate. It can take as long as 60 seconds for them to lose consciousness.

Will you urge Defra to end the use of CO2 as an “acceptable” method for pig slaughter?

CO2 is unsuitable as a method of slaughter for pigs, and alternative solutions must be found as soon as possible in order that its use stops.

Compassion is urging Michael Gove to work with the pig industry to fully fund research into alternative slaughter methods and to end the use of CO2 for pig slaughter as a priority. Will you email him today and help stop the needless suffering of pigs?

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